If you need a rainbow in your day, look to superstar Barbara Metzger for a love story of dazzling proportions.

Aurora is the most beautiful of brides. Nevertheless, Kenyon Warriner, Earl of Windham, surprises both himself and the assembled bridal party when he offers himself as a substitute bridegroom after providing just cause to stop Auroras wedding to a handsome scoundrel. And after all, what real alternative does she have? Without the protection of marriage, she will be ruined!

There is no time, however, for the newly wedded couple to settle down and get better acquainted before the earl is forced to leave his bride to bring his injured brother home from France, leaving his bride to take command of his long neglected estate and impossible relatives. The result is a chaotic madness that will delight your heart.

At her witty best, Ms. Metzger is that rare author who can touch your heart with exquisite intensity as you roll in the aisles with laughter. What a wonderful way to brighten your day! (On-sale Feb., 214 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Melinda Helfer